From the UN’s call for USD $2.5 trillion for developing countries to COP26’s postponement

The UN has called for a USD $2.5 trillion emergency package to help developing countries cope with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UN conference on trade and development (UNCTAD), called for drops of money by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), extensive debt relief and a new Marshall plan to strengthen health systems.

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EU leaders are reportedly preparing a ‘sizeable’ funding package to address the global impact of COVID-19, though it is unclear how the Union will pay for the package.

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The COVID-19 crisis is raising questions about the future of the global development sector ranging from the role of travel in the sector to the potential impact of the crisis on wealthy countries’ funding commitments and priorities, both in the immediate future and longer-term.

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The UK government has postponed this year’s COP26 climate takes to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the world fights to contain the spread of COVID-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has looked to emphasise the importance of regular hand-washing as one of the key preventative measures, raising questions about how communities with limited water supplies should implement these recommendations.

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With the global community racing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the planet, Devex looks at what funds are being made available to help respond to the pandemic and what those funds are being used for.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reconfigure its school lunches programme to reach 11.6 million children who are no longer receiving these lunches due to school closures implemented as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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The German Government is planning major changes to its development spending, with plans to cut support to 25 countries and reroute most of its funding for health and early education through multilateral agencies.

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An internal staff survey at the Department for International Development (DFID) shows the majority of staff have no long-term plans to stay at the organisation. Current and former staff blamed a combination of poor working conditions and leadership practices for the ‘unusually poor results’.

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